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Fluency results in design fixation experiments: An additional explanation

Vasconcelos, LA and Neroni, MA and Crilly, N (2016) Fluency results in design fixation experiments: An additional explanation. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Some design fixation experiments report that participants exposed to an example solution generate fewer ideas than those who were not. This reduced 'idea fluency' is generally explained as participants' creativity being constrained by the example they have seen. We here offer an additional explanation for these fluency results: the level of detail in the example encourages a similar level of detail in the participants' representations of their ideas; because this detail is time consuming, participants in this condition record fewer ideas overall. We investigated this hypothesis experimentally and found that whereas participants exposed to an example (in the form of an annotated sketch) generated less ideas in general, they produced more sketches and more detailed representations than those not exposed to the example. This finding has implications for the interpretation of the fixation experiments reported to date and the design of future studies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:07
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 02:00
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